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Non-cruise ship soot happens!!
When NAUTICAL LOG first came to America in the 1950's we were greatly impressed at how Americans dealt with life in general.  Capable and self-reliant when something went wrong there was a short period of being 'pissed-off', then they things got sorted out, solved the problem and moved on with their lives.  Eventually some 45 years ago NAUTICAL LOG came to live in The United States, settled in to raise a family and now grandchildren - all Americans with that 'can-do' spirit. 

But how things have changed over the years.  These days with creeping and creepy socialism there must be 'Rules' for every little thing, if the slightest thing goes wrong the 'Authorities' must be informed, someone blamed for the incident - even punished - and one perhaps will be compensated (oh joy!).  This attitude seems now to be well established in the boating community.  Just today on reading another maritime Blog there was a Post about - horrors - soot on MY boat.  Now one of our treasured American Freedoms is the Right to write and publish as we see fit, thank goodness we have it.   That Right however puts the responsibility on us to edit ourselves.  Do we really want to write about that subject? Is it perhaps just too petty?

It appears the seafarer involved is quite well known in his area and currently working with the Coast Guard so it may be that some of that para-military attitude rubbed off.  According to his own report he returned aboard his vessel to find soot all over his deck.  Now that is very annoying but then as we seafarers know - soot happens!  

He then published a story about the incident titled with a cruise ships name, which NAUTICAL LOG most certainly will not repeat, this without any proof whatsoever that the vessel was in anyway involved.  This is most improper and very probably illegal as a false accusation for the cause of the incident. 

Again, according to his own story, the Marina Office was contacted about the soot, which in turn led to the Cruise Division of the Port being contacted, which led to the Captain of a cruise ship in Port being contacted, which led to the Master's report 'not us'.  It is common practice to try and blame cruise ships for every little thing that happens even as they are busy bringing considerable business to the Port involved.  Finally the seafarer's Marina suggested he contact the Port website, which NAUTICAL LOG understands he did, so far he has not received any reply - why are we not surprised?

So after all that fuss contacting the 'Authorities' about very little, one is back to getting a cold water hose, flushing the soot off the boat with the help of some liquid soap, making a cup of coffee and saying to oneself  - oh well SOOT HAPPENS.

Good Watch

Please remember our 800 fellow seafarers, who have much more than a little soot to worry about, held captive by pirates off Somalia.  Also in West Africa whose Ports are again suffering acts of piracy.


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